Conference Weekly News - March 17, 2016

Conference Weekly News

March 17, 2016



The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario website:

Please note: the vacancies in pastoral charges and community ministries are available on the new website under Ministry Personnel: Vacancies 
Prayers of Concern
Please hold the following families in your thoughts and prayers . . .

. . . Teresa Moysey, Bruce Faurschou and family upon the death of Teresa’s father, Eric Moysey on March 12.  A service in celebration of Eric’s life will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 11:00am at Harrow United Church, Winnipeg.  Teresa is ministry personnel at Harrow United Church in Winnipeg Presbytery.
. . . Ed Loucks and family upon the death of Georgina Loucks on March 15.  Georgina was retired ministry personnel in Northland Presbytery.  The family is planning a celebration of her life in April.

Help Shape the United Church’s Future
The 42nd General Council made major decisions to transform the structure of The United Church of Canada.  These decisions do not take effect unless the broader church approves through the “remit” process.  The eight remits, with background information about them, are now available at  
Read more . . .

Annual Meeting
There will be no full gathering of the Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario in 2016, however, there will be a Retirees Dinner and Celebration of Ministries in Kenora, Ontario, May 28 & 29.  The Retirees Dinner and Speeches will begin at 5:30pm at Knox United Church (116 - 5th Ave. S.), Kenora on Saturday, May 28.  Tickets are available for $20/person from the Conference Office -   The Celebration of Ministries Service will be Sunday morning, May 29, at 10:00am at Knox United Church and all are welcome to attend.

Personnel Minister Sabbatical

Judy Hare, the Conference Personnel Minister, is on sabbatical/extended study leave until March 31, 2016.  For those requiring assistance with various aspects of work relating to students and pastoral relations matters, please click here
>> Contact Information


Transition to New Compensation Model – NEW PROCESS

Please review the March, 2016 Edition #46 of CONNEX (available in full online here >> CONNEX #46)

This edition highlights the following additions to the process for those pastoral charges transitioning their Ministry salaries to the new compensation model:

If you are ready to transition your minister’s salary to the new compensation model, please note some changes to the current process for a smoother transition.
The first step is to contact one of the following individuals (1-800-268-3781):
·         Carmen Flores -, ext. 3166
·         Diane Collier -, ext. 3148
General Council Office staff will take a more active role by personally assisting treasurers and will:
·         review transition payroll data for accuracy and submit it to ADP on behalf of the pastoral charge
·         audit the payroll processed by ADP to ensure that changes were made
·         notify the treasurer to confirm successful completion
Staff have already reviewed the data for those pastoral charges who have already made the transition.
During the first six months of our transition period, approximately 25 percent of ministry salaries have already moved to the new compensation model. We are well on our way to meeting the July 1, 2018 deadline.
Special Note:
·         To allow sufficient time for the review and audit processes now in place, four weeks’ notice is required before the new format payroll can be run.
·         Ministers provided with a manse: No change. These ministry personnel will continue to receive a base salary plus use of the manse.
Note from MNWO: This assistance is for the treasurers and/or book keepers in the completion of payroll data. Please continue to complete the Worksheet to calculate the amount of salary in the new system based on salary and housing in the old model and send the required copies of those forms to the Presbytery and Conference Personnel Minister. Members of the Conference Settlement Commission can assist you doing those calculations.


Calendar for March

February - March 22 - Muslim-Christian Dialogue Lenten Study - Dialogue

March 18 - 1JustCity Card Making Workshop - (see info below)

March 18 & 19 - Building Bridges - Bridges

March 21 - Multi-Faith Gathering - Gathering


      New This Week                New This Week


Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> Lent/Faith & Dying 


Card Making Workshop
Friday, March 18 at 6:00pm

Everyone is invited to a fabulous card making workshop at 6:00pm on Friday, March 18 at Oak Table Community Ministry (109 Pulford St., Augustine United Church side door).  Come and make handmade cards for the special occasions in your life.  $35 gets you pizza, beverage and all your supplies, as well as a helpful facilitator to help you go home with some great cards!  Sign up by email at or call 204-416-2240 to register!


Multi-Faith Gathering
March 21 at 2:00pm 

>> Poster
Everyone is invited to a Multi-Faith Gathering to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with Mayor Brian Bowman and representation from various faith groups.  This will be held on Monday, March 21 at 2pm at West Broadway Community Ministry – 222 Furby St., Winnipeg.


Church Joins Reconciliation and Peace Conference in El Salvador
An 18-member team from The United Church of Canada is now in El Salvador to take part in an international ecumenical conference for peace, to be held from March 17 to 19. Moderator Jordan Cantwell and former Moderator Bill Phipps head up a group that includes two survivors of Canada’s residential schools system, plus a dozen or so veterans of Canadian church solidarity work with El Salvador.  Read more . . . 

Prairie Jubilee Program
Applications are now being accepted for the next cycle of the Prairie Jubilee Program.  The Prairie Jubilee Program is a two year training program in spiritual formation and Spiritual Direction. It follows a mentorship model with home-based practicum requirements.  For online video testimonials of Jubilee, please click here >> testimonials.  For more information about this program, please click here
>> Prairie Jubilee Program


Israel and Palestine Workshops
 April 1 - 8

A number of churches in the Conference are hosting a workshop of the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel.  The purpose of the workshop is to educate and engage congregations on the issues while encouraging actions towards a just peace in the Middle East.  Please see the attached Invitation and Itinerary.  All are welcome to attend.


Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel
>> Poster
You are invited to attend ‘Uncovering “Canada Park” A Dispossessed Palestinian Speaks Out’, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Sturgeon Creek United Church (207 Thompson Dr., Winnipeg).  Admission is free. 


Women’s Heart Health

Tuesday, April 12

>> Poster


Know the Signs! Let's help ourselves and the women we love enjoy longer, healthier lives! Windsor Park United Church at 1062 Autumnwood Drive will be working in partnership with the Heart Academy at the St. Boniface Hospital for this event which will be held on Tuesday April 12th beginning at 6:30pm with a Hypertension Clinic and Resource Fair, and at 7:30pm join us for the Women’s Heart Health Forum.

Input Opportunity:
Task Group Reviewing the Sexual Abuse Prevention & Response Policy and Procedures

The General Council Office is asking that Presbyteries and congregations be made aware that the Permanent Committee on Ministry Employment Policies and Services (PC- MEPS) has appointed a Task Group to review the Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures (SAPRPP). The Task Group met recently and has identified a number of groups/persons within the church who have had direct experience with the SAPRPP since the last review in 2009/2010 who will be contacted in the coming months for input to the review process. Questions and timelines are currently being developed for that input and more information about these will be shared widely as soon as it becomes available.
If an individual or group would like to provide information to the Task Group to assist in the work of the review, they are welcome to send an email to   Here is a link to the policy for reference >> Policy
One member of this task group is from the Conference of MNWO.



Upcoming Dates

April 1 - 8 - Israel and Palestine Workshops - Workshops

April 6 - Uncovering "Canada Park" - Uncovering

April 12 - Women's Heart Health - Heart

April 15 - Seeds of Hope Grant Application Deadline - Seeds

April 20 - Calling Lakes Centre AGM - (see info above)

April 29 - Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry Workshop - Workshop

May 9 - 13 - Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry - DUIM

May 13 - 15 - Weekend Events with Barbara McAfee - Barbara

May 16 - Narrative Budget Workshop - Narrative

June 15 - 18 - Pathways to Reconciliation - Pathways

July 10 - 14 - CGIT Camp - CGIT

August 15 - 27 - Changing Leadership for Changing World - Leadership

Narrative Budget Workshop
Monday, May 16  7:00-9:00pm
>> Poster
Everyone is invited to ‘Telling the Story of Your Ministry: Why and How to Develop a Narrative Budget’, taking place on Monday, May 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Churchill Park United Church (525 Beresford Ave., Winnipeg).  A narrative budget is an excellent stewardship communication tool to help your congregation see the significance of all their gifts, and the ways in which God is changing lives through the mission of your church.  For more information and to register, please contact: Kathryn Hofley, Financial Development Officer for the Prairie Region – or 204-943-4844.


Pathways to Reconciliation
Wednesday, June 15 – Saturday, June 18
Pathways to Reconciliation will bring a cross-section of Canadians together to examine work done to date and take steps towards reconciliation.  One year after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this gathering will explore understandings of reconciliation and ways to implement and monitor reconciliation initiatives.  Who should participate?...Approximately 200 people including Survivors and their families, Indigenous leadership, Honourary Witnesses of the TRC, academics, new Canadians, policy makers, media, youth leaders, and the general public.  This event will be held at The University of Winnipeg.  For further information and to register, please click here >> Pathways


Understanding Scripture in the United Church
The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture in The United Church of Canada (An Intercultural Adventure Part II) by HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Don Schweitzer (2016), is now available in English in paperback and PDF ebook format, and forthcoming in Korean, at a cost of $10.00 (plus shipping for paperback).  For more information and ordering instructions, please click here >> Book Information




Mauro Centre for Peace & Justice

at St. Paul’s College


>> March 2016 Edition


Annual General Meeting
Of Calling Lakes Centre (PCTC)

April 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Calling Lakes Center
Everyone welcome
*if you would like to join us for lunch, please email
Annual reports available on request after that date.


Repeat News

Winnipeg Presbytery Minister
Richard’s Blog


>> Lent/Structure & Passion

Changing Leadership for a Changing World
(formerly known as the CCS Leadership Development Module)
>> Poster
A 2-week con-ed for diaconal or lay training opportunity is being held at The Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg, August 15-27 and in Toronto, June 13-25, 2016.  Come learn, renew, challenge, laugh and grow.  This is for young adults (or older ones) discerning a call to ministry; ordained/diaconal folks looking to improve their skills in group dynamics and small group facilitation; or lay people/board members longing to deepen their faith and skills.  Please see the attached poster for more information or go to their website >> CCS Website


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

Only one more month until registration deadline!!
The Canadian Churches Forum would like to invite you to Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM), happening at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour, Manitoba, May 9th through 13th.
Engage Difference! DUIM is a 5 day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. It is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding and awareness in their communities. 
Read more . . .


Private Refugee Sponsorship
Here is an opportunity for congregations to apply for funding!  For more information, please click here >> Funding
Note:  If groups have already submitted their application and require a confirmation of submission which includes file numbers, please contact Khwaka Kukubo -  (General Council) with the names of the principal applicant (surname first) and she will forward them the CPO-W confirmation as proof of submission.


Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Workshop
Friday, April 29  4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Road United Church, Winnipeg

>> Poster
>> Brochure
In this time of transformation how shall we respond?  You are invited to explore this moment through a lens of gratitude and abundance, a lens called Appreciative Inquiry.  Attend a Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Workshop, brought to you by Winnipeg Presbytery and the E-Ministries Team, open to all ministries in the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.  Enrollment is limited, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  Registration includes dinner as well as the core text.   Cost: Individual-$65; Team of 2-$110; Team of 3+-$45/person.  To register online, please click here
>> AI Workshop Registration


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